EPA Guide Allowing State SSM Waivers Further Dismantles Obama Policy

October 14, 2020
EPA in new guidance is allowing states to offer industrial facilities waivers from Clean Air Act emissions limits during periods of facility startup, shutdown and malfunction (SSM), further dismantling an Obama-era policy that generally prohibited such waivers and drawing criticism from environmentalists who call the guide illegal. The guidance to all 10 EPA regional administrators signed Oct. 9 by EPA chief Andrew Wheeler restates a view articulated by the agency in its decisions on the air law state implementation plans...


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